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been everywhere, campaigning in pennsylvania, in ohio, a robo call for charlie rangel in the new york congressional race. charlie rangel is in some trouble. he's endorsing jerry brown for california governor despite the bad blood for those two that goes back to the 1992 presidential campaign. a big dc mayor's race today. seven states have primaries, the district of columbia too. i interviewed both for the mayor, we'll see their views on the economy and school reform on "john king usa". >> give you the pose. a big shot there, you guys, ready, here we go. wolf over to you. thanks very much, rick. happening now. the last big round of primary contests, a closing statement by voters before decision day in november. we'll tell you why today's races matter so much for the potential balance of power in the congress and for all of us. and republican ad wizards find a new way to make the house speaker look bad. this hour on nancy pelosi is responding to her harshest
critics and the fear of losing control of the house of representatives. >> and you may soon need a prescription, yes, a prescription for some of the most popular over-the-counter cough medicines. there's growing concern that popular brands are being abused with deadly results. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." a big curtain call for a dramatic primary season. seven states and the district of columbia are voting right now. the results are will set the tone headed to the midterm election. that could be the game changer for the entire country. check out the top races and the campaign trends being put to the test on this day in the delaware gop senate race, it's moderate congressman mike castle versus tea party candidate, christine o'donnell. the tea party could deliver one of the most devastating blows yet to the republican political establishment. in new york, the veteran
democratic congressman, charlie rangel, faces five primary challengers. we'll see if this legendary power broker survives the stain of ethics charges. here in the district of columbia, the first-term mayor adrian fenty is fighting a tough challenge. if he loses, politicians across the country may shy away from the kind of aggressive education reform that's been fenty's trademark. first to the senate slugfest in delaware right now where national political correspondent jess can yellen is standing by. she's in dover, delaware. there are national ramifications of what happens over the next few hours, jessica, in delaware. there really are, wolf. top republicans believed, first, christine o'donnell, the tea party candidate, could turn an upset today waand win this primary. top republicans believe she cannot win a general election here in delaware. so, this seat would then go to a
democrat and that seat alone, they re krnld, could determine the balance of power in the u.s. senate. a small turnout, fewer than 50,000 voters potentially could indirectly decide which party gets control of the u.s. senate in november. a big race today, wolf. >> what republicans in general are saying about this contest in delaware. >> it's a nasty war. they're saying a lot. with the state republican party doing an unusual thing. they've launched a robo call against christine o'donnell, the republican tea party candidate. it features a woman who for a brief time campaigned for her in her senate bid and this call came out from likely voters. i want to play a little bit of it now for our viewers to hear. >> i was shocked to learn that christie o'donnell is no
conservative. as a manager, i found out she was living on campaign donations using them for rent and personal expenses while leaving her workers unpaid and piling up thousands in debt. she wasn't concerned about conservative causes. o'donnell just wanted to make a buck. >> that's not all. the o'donnell campaign is in a war of words for "the weekly standard" magazine, the conservative magazine edited by bill crystal. bill crystl gave us a statement saying, well, i know sarah palin, i like sarah palin, and christine o'donnell, she is no sarah palin. things are rough. >> the establishment republican candidate saying about all of this? >> castle is taking it all in
stride. he's reasonably confident he'll win today but he resents sarah palin getting to the race endorsing the opponent and believes he has national implications. this is him earlier today. >> on a personal level, obviously, i do not appreciate it. i really don't know what she is up to, if she's trying to build some sort of conservative movement to run for president or just trying to keep her name in front of the public. this particular campaign has become a bit of a test of, you know, the -- the very conservative elements of the republican party takeout an incumbent with whom they do not always agree. >> so, wolf, a fierce battle within the state republican party. and we won't know which way it goes for quite some hours now. the polls close here at 8:00 p.m. local. >> let's not forget, this is delaware. and the seat vacated by joe biden when he became vice president of the united states.
all right, thanks very much, jessica. stay in close touch. let's go to new york right now. the veteran lawmaker has been an embarrassment to a lot of democrats who vowed to clean up congress. we're talking about charlie rangel who's fighting to survive an ethics scandal and his own political career. joe johns is in rangel's home base in new york city in harlem. set the scene for us, joe, what's going on? >> wolf, 80 years old, 20 terms in the congress, well known as the first african-american to chair the house ways and means committee. of course, as you said, charlie rangel is now fighting for his political life. he's held up by many republicans as one of the reasons why the democrats should not control the united states congress. nonetheless, he's very popular here in the hometown, the home area in new york city. take a look -- what happened this morning when charlie rangel showed up at 7:30 a.m. to go and vote for himself.
>> i am saying that you're wrong. >> we need charlie to go back to washington to work with president obama to say, yes, charlie rangel has always been there for us. i urge you now to be there for him and this tuesday's democratic primary. >> so, it's a big day here, of course, for charlie rangel. he's got a number of challengers in the field, including the son of adam and powell and a man he actually beat to get the seat in the first place back in 1971. he's raise add whole lot of money. of course, we haven't seen much of him. we're told he sent the day with his wife. a big day for charlie rangel and democrats watching closely in new york city. >> the former president bill clinton doing a robo call, the shoutout in favor of charlie
rangel promoting charlie rangel and telling folks in harlem where the former president has his office to go ahead and support charlie rangel. i think that's going to have an impact in harlem, don't you think? >> yeah, well, there's certainly a possibility of it. because bill clinton is well liked. and as you said, his office is right here in harlem, right around the corner from where i'm standing, as a matter of fact. he did a robo call. the former mayor, david dinkins did a robo call. bloomberg did one. we're told about 90,000 people they're reaching out to at a cost of five cents apiece. it adds up. rangel has been able to raise a lot of money here in new york despite the fact he's had all of the ethics charges which probably won't even get decided until after the election. so, this is a leap of faith for some voters in new york city. but, when you talk to people in harlem, all that matters is that charlie rangel is on the ticket. >> and if charlie rangel wins this democratic primary in the
15th district in new york, he's almost certainly going to win the general election on november 2. joe johns, we'll stay in close touch with you as well. and stay with cnn for up-to-the-minute voting results throughout the evening. polls on most of the states holding primaries close at 8:00 p.m. eastern. less than three hours from now. wisconsin and new york, by the way, close at 9:00 p.m. eastern. more contests up there. both republicans and democrats are going to new lengths to try to deem nemonize house leader from the other party. stand by here and see some of the commercials for yourself. and the latest on the scare in paris -- the eiffel tower has been evacuated.
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jack cafferty is here and he has the cafferty file, jeff? lawmakers ought to be ashamed of themselves. they have yet to pass a federal budget for this year. some people in congress think it's a good idea to leave town early, go home and campaign for the upcoming midterm elections. you know, go home and tell the folks what a great job they're doing. the new fiscal year begins october 1. there are no signs, none whatsoever, that congress will have a budget in place by then. this is inexcusable. our national debt now tops $13 trillion, annual deficits running more than $1 trillion. and without a budget, it's impossible to have any idea what the hell the government is doing
with our money -- our money. in place of a budget, congress usually passes what are called continuing resolutions for a month or two at a clip. this prevents the federal government from shutting down. at this rate, congress might not finalize a budget until after january when the new congress is sworn in, five months from now. so far, neither the house nor the senate has even bothered with a formal budget resolution. and that usually happens in the spring. as in last spring. it's not too hard to figure out why there's no budget. congress doesn't want to vote on a budget that could mean tough spending cuts right before an election. heaven forbid. in other words, these people are cowards. but no matter, nancy pelosi and the rest of the so-called house leaders are thinking of adjou adjourning october 1, a week earlier than scheduled, so they can campaign for re-election. it's just disgraceful. here's the question -- should congress consider adjourning early to campaign when they haven't bothered to
pass a federal budget? go to cnn wnt.com/caffertyfile and vent. >> folks will. it's the kind of question people like to comment on. >> they already have started and it's not pretty. >> i'm sure it isn't. all right, jack. thank you. in the battle for congress, republicans are getting more creative and campy in their attacks on the house speaker, nancy pelosi. her opponent out in california is out with a new remember video that borrows a page from the wizard of oz and casts pelosi in the role of the wicked witch. look at this. >> hello, my pretty! i will save you from those evil republicans! but first, pay $18,000 for my downtown office. then go in to massive debt, the wall street bailouts. and here are my monkeys to make you pay for it all. >> step back, everyone. >> oh! >> i'm melting!
>> the democratic congressional campaign committee says that web video is silly, deserves a silly response like this -- "lions and tigers -- the campaign ad said, lions, tigers, bears, oh my. nancy pelosi is not in danger of losing her seat in california but is in danger of losing her speaker's job. dana bash is standing by. what are pelosi and top democrats doing right now? >> well, wolf, they're about to have a meeting in nancy pelosi's office behind me. we're awaiting for her to return to the capitol. her top deputies are meeting and waiting in her office. she's returning to the reality, as you said, that 49 days away from the election, she is going to see and know very well back here in washington that it's entirely possible that she will lose her speaker's gavel.
so the question that they are all talking about is how can they best use the three weeks they're in washington to try to beat that potential wave back. and i've got to tell you, to be frank, jack's question raised an important point, there are a lot of rank and file democrats, especially those in tough re-election campaigns. forgive me, wolf, there's a speaker right here, madam speaker? you saw it live, madam speaker -- speaker pelosi just walked in as we were speaking there. but she's on her way to this -- this meeting, wolf, to discuss how she keeps her gavel. and there are a lot of democrats who simply do not want to be here right now because they want to be campaigning at home. this is washington, washington is what voters are very much against. >> they have to make a major decision in the house and the senate very soon, whether to leave all of the tax rates where they are right now because they expire at the end of the year, whether to go forward and keep the tax rates for the familiar lay lis making under $250,000 a year. raise taxes for the people making more than $250,000 a
year. where does that stand in the house and in the senate? >> that's going to be one of the big conversations that the speaker here, you just saw, is going to have with her deputies. part of the topic that's going on all day long among democrats in the senate and the house. and what the democrats -- leade are planning to do is to meet with the rank and file under two hours from now and they want to have a vote to extend the tacks for middle class and not those who are the wealthiest americans which is what republicans want. there's a major divide here among democrats. many say they're from conservative districts back home. if they're going to have anything, they want a vote on extending all of the bush-era tax cuts. i had a moment of candor here. i bumped into rank and file democrat laura richardson, she agrees with the president, middle class tax cuts only. she sees the reality on this,
that is there shouldn't be a vote on this at all. >> if you ask me my gut check, i would not suspect that we would have a vote before we leave for the election. >> so it's too controversial in the tough election year, bottom line, for democrats to come together on something like this. >> there's one opinion of one rank and file democrats. they're determined to have some kind of vote. what kind of vote it's going be, whether there's going be a compromise, that's still to be determined. a lot unknown, a lot of discussion. >> if you heard what's happening with pelosi and the democrats in the room behind you, let us know. thanks very much. another key element in the runup to november 2, they're reminding voters that the alternatives will be the speaker, john boehner, the democratic national committee is out with a new ad attack on boehner following up on the president's harsh criticism of the house minority leader. listen to this.
>> this november, john boehner wants to welcome you to boehner land. get in the door for $37,000. jet across the country with lobbyists. pass out campaign checks for big tobacco on the house floor, team up to block reform. does he have a lot of relationships in this city? yes, absolutely. >> a spokesman is dismissing that ad calling it an attempt by the democrats to shift the conversation away from the economy. there's a developing story in paris. an evacuation at the eiffel tower. we're going there live to see what's happening. thousands of people have been evacuat evacuated. - with carbohydrates for energy and protein for muscles. [ woman announcing ] beneful incredibites. another healthful, flavorful beneful. you get nothing for driving safely. truth: at allstate, you get a check in the mail twice a year, every year you don't have an accident.
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a developing story in paris that we're monitoring right now over at the eiffel tower, a couple of thousand people we're told evacuated, shut it down, a bomb scare, a threat, and perhaps jim bittermann, our man in paris is working this story for us. we're going to check in with him momentarily. check in with kate boudain right now. she's monitoring the stories for us. what's going on?
an american hiker jailed in teheran for 14 months now free, sarah shourd has been reunited with her mother in oh man. president obama is thanking everyone who brought around the reunion. bail of $500,000 was posted. the u.s. state department said it didn't pay anything for her release. shourd's fiance and another friend, though, still remain jailed in iran. and professional football star reggie bush is forfeiting his heisman trophy. he won the esteemed award when he was at the university of southern california in 2005, he was being investigated by the ncaa over alleged gifts his family received. and now he simply says he didn't want persistent media speculation over the allegations to reflect on the dignity of the trophy. and here's an interesting one to think about, when it comes to certain aspects of hygiene, women are doing a better job than men. i didn't write this myself, everyone. a new study sponsored by the
american society of microbiology and the american cleaning institute reveals that 77% of males washed their hands in public bathrooms. that's compared to 88% of females. data was gathered in atlanta, chicago, new york, and san francisco. wolf, i hope this was not written to send a message to a certain someone. >> no. but it should be 100% of males and females that -- >> i agree. >> it's disgusting when people walk out without washing their hands. >> please watch your hands if you're going to be in "the situation room." that's the message. >> thanks for that. president obama is out talking about education today. but is he abandoning one of the key allies in the fight for education reform. i'll ask the education secretary arnie duncan, he was here in "the situation room." and a soldier's homecoming turns into a police i want.
stand by for his report. >> the former british prime minister tony blair is in the situation room. does he have thoughts about going to war ? . president obama is putting students front and center on this day in the second back-to-school address. he's pushing the nation's kids to work hard and stay focused on their grades even if it gets touched. >> my grades were slipping. i hasn't started my college applications. i was acting, as my mother put it, sort of casual about my future. i was doing good enough, i was smart enough that i could kind of get by. but i wasn't really applying myself. so i suspect there's a conversation that will sound familiar to some students and some parents here today. she decided to sit me down and said i had to change my
attitude. my attitude is what i imagine every teenager's attitude if you have a conversation like that -- you know, i don't need to hear all of this, i'm doing okay. i'm not flunking out. i started to say that, she just cut me right off. she said, you can't just sit around waiting for luck to see you through. she said, you can get into any school that you want in the country if you put in a little bit of effort. she gave me a hard look, she said, you remember what that's like, effort? >> education is a priority for the obama administration. $117 billion spent, invested in programs under the american recovery and reinvestment act. there's a big focus on early education and holding it accountable. accountability is undergoing a critical test here today in the back yard where the incumbent
mayor is fighting for his political life. joining us from the white house, the secretary of education, arnie duncan. mr. secretary, thanks for coming in. >> adrian fenty and his education chief, michelle re, they tried to do the best they can. they were implementing policies that you and the president support, the president obviously onboard. why didn't the president endorse the incumbent mayor. >> i don't know if the president could endorse every situation. we've been extraordinarily pleased with the progress here in dc. as you know so well, wolf, for probably decades, the school system here in the nation's capital was frankly an embarrassment, horrendous results for children. and over the past three years, we've seen remarkable progress. and i give the mayor and the chancellor -- chancellor re tremendous credit for having the courage to move the system in the right direction. >> listen to what our education
contributor, steve perry, said earlier today here on cnn. >> i am disappointed that the president has not come out in favor of mayor fenty as well as michelle re. she was someone who he used as a point of credibility for his own plan plans. now that the house is on fire, he's not there to speak loudly or throw a bucket of water on the fire. >> he's really dispinted in the president because adrian fen tip and michelle re are about to lose, if you believe the polls. and the president, if he had gotten involved, presumably could have helped them. >> i don't know the politics. i don't know what will happen today. but, again, the courage showed by mayor fenty andichelle re have been fantastic. their reforms have to continue here. dc's made tremendous progress. clearly has a long way to go. and that progress cannot afford to stop.
there's no reason this school system should be one of the worst in the country. it has the chance to be one of the best. we want to work very, very hard. as you know, dc is one of the winners of the race to the top competition in the second round, one of the 11 winners, we're investing $75 million in the district because we believe so strongly in the direction it's going and the reforms have to continue. >> if they lose, if mayor fenty loses and as education policies go down, won't that send a disturbing signal to other mayors, other education chiefs around the country -- you know what? you better not tamper with the status quo because you could be going down? the powerful special interests might take you down? >> i don't think so. there's been tremendous interest shown here. what you've seen mayor daley do in chicago since 19 95, what you see mayor bloomberg doing in new york. and stepping up saying we can't have a great city if we don't have a great public education system. continuing to drive education reform is hugely important.
school systems can't do it by themselves. everyone has to rally behind that effort. the business community, the philanthropic community, the not for profit, the social services agencies, everybody has to work together to give our children the chance they need to fulfill the academic and social potential. >> let me read to you a line for that foundation for public education report that came out not that long ago. the american educational system is systematically failing black males. out of the 48 states reporting, black males are the least likely to graduate from high school in 33 states and black and latino males are tied with the least likely in four states. why have we failed the black young man in the country? >> i think there's a multitude of reasons why. i think we have to start much earlier, great early childhood programs, making sure that students enter kindergarten, ready to learn, ready to read. the young black boys who don't have a strong father figure at home need a mentor or role model
at an early age to support them. give them a vision of what success looks like. what's possible. for all of the devastating statistics nationally, we have more and more high poverty, high performing schools where 99% of black males are graduating, going to college. we have to build upon the successes. finally, wolf, one of the challenges is across the country now, less than 2%, less than 1 in 50 of our teachers is an african-american male. something is wrong with that picture. we want to help recruit that next generation of black male leaders to come to the classroom and make a difference in the life of our children. >> this other line jumped out at me, i'll read it to you. the great variation of the factors among districts and states indicates it drivers are not individual students but the adults responsible for the policies and practices of the emoccasional systems in which they study. you agree, the adults are to blame, not the kids. >> absolutely. poverty is not destiny. social challenges in the
community are not destiny. we can take you to school after school in some of the toughest neighborhoods in urban areas around the country where, again, every single student is graduating from high school and the overwhelming majority is going to college. we, as adults, have to lift our game. if we don't do it, we perpetuate poverty and social failure. it's incumbent upon us to give our students the opportunities they need to fulfill their god-given potential. >> the education secretary. good luck, we're counting on you, mr. secretary. >> thank you for the opportunity. have a good afternoon, wolf. sarah palin has managed to make a few enemies within her own party. wait until you hear who's ticked off with her now. and why a soldier should have thought twice about his surprise homecoming.
serious scare in paris in the last few hours. jim bittermann is our man in paris. a lot of folks were nervous. >> i think the situation is now over as far as we can tell. employees can go back in the eiffel tower. they evacuated the eiffel tower about two hours this evening. a little over two hours this evening. they received an anonymous phone threat around 8:20 local time. it's now after 11:00 here. that phone threat was serious enough that they decided to evacuate the eiffel tower and about 2,000 people in the tower but also people in buildings surrounding the tower were evacuated. i was over there just a short while ago. they are now calmly and
routinely going about drawing back the perimeters that the police perimeters that were set up. so i think the situation is turning back -- returning to normal now. but for a while there, there was -- there was a great deal of interest in exactly what's happening because of the symbolism there. wondering the world's most important symbols and the most important tourist places. >> there have been reports in the last half-hour about train stations and metro stops being evacuated as well because of other threats. >> in fact that all happened simultaneously with the evacuate of the eiffel tower. while that was going on, police were also evacuating a commuter rail station two miles away or so. and that situation lasted about 15, 20 minutes as they went through the train station and declared an all-clear. that returned to normal quite quickly. the tower, of course, is another story. we have quite a bit of steal to inspect. >> all right, we'll stay in close touch with you, jim. thanks very much. more information, you'll let us
know. jim bittermann is in paris. with a dramatic primary season now drawing to a close, the tea party movement has dealt a major blow to the republican establishment across the country. let's discuss with our senior political analyst, gloria borger. so what's happening here, gloria, to the gop? >> i would have to say this is not a great year for having a great resume, a long political resume. in 2008, when republicans were recruiting their candidates, they were trying to prove they had a political pulse after barack obama won. so what did they do? they recruited a lot of establishment, well-known republican candidates. they were feeling very good about the incumbents for re-election. take a look at this, bob bennett of utah who was beaten by a tea party candidate, mike lee in a state republican convention, lisa murkowski just lost in alaska to another tea party candidate. trey grayson from kentucky was
beaten by rand paul, of course, and we've got governor charlie crist of florida afraid of being beaten in a republican primary by marco rubio. he switched parties and became an independent. >> we're going to get results pretty soon that would have potentially national ramifications. >> absolutely. lots of folks are saying that those voters in delaware can determine whether republicans are going to take over the senate. but the lesson here from mike castle is that campaigns matter. and i spoke to a senior republican strategist today, very involve in this campaign, who said, look, they learned the lesson from senator murkowski, senator murkowski lost. she lost by 1600 votes. she had a million dollars in the bank. she didn't go on the attack the way she should have. and what you're seeing play out in delaware is jessica yellen has been reporting all day today, is that mike castle is leaving no stone unturned. they're unleashing a lot of the vitriol against the tea party
candidate. they do not intend to lose. >> see what happens in the next couple of hours. thanks very much, gloria, we beil here as well. the former british prime minister, tony blair, is here in the situation room. we'll ask if he has any regrets about going to war against saddam hussein. plus, new concerns about popular cost suppressants. don't worry about that. i switched to sprint's $69.99 plan, so i wasn't charged extra. [ buzzes ] okay, i just got your breakup e-mail. e-mails are unlimited, too. and look -- i just changed my facebook status to "single." but internet's also unlimited. [ cellphone buzzing ]
go deeper on what's going on in delaware on the day. we bring in our strategy session. joining us are two cnn political contributors, donna brazile and mary matalin. i'm curious to get your reaction. charles kraut hammer, a lot of our viewers will know his name. he says this -- as far as what's going on in delaware, the palin endorsement, i think, is disruptive and capricious. in delaware, o'donnell, the tea party favorite, will lose. that could be the difference between the republican and democratic control. what's going on in delaware? >> well, there's only one man in the country as far as charles
and that is rush limbaugh. he's got his finger on the pulse. this is not about sarah palin versus the establishment republicans. there's only one sarah palin. she's indisputably the most effective republican in the country today. but it's about the role and scope and size of government. and it's a 70/30 issue. and in that 70%, our democrats, independents are coming down on the side of affordable, limited reform, conservative, constitutional government. the argument against o'donnell is she can't win. on what evidence? she's 11 points down in the blue state. she has to make 5 1/2, not 11 points. they have to make up half that distance. if you want to talk about college, her opponent, the democrat, wrote a paper in college called it "the making of
a bearded marxist." show could be the 51st senate vote and she would be a reliable, fiscal conservative vote. the argument that some are making that she can't win is unknown. >> let me ask donna. donna, who would you rather have the democratic candidate in delaware run against? the tea party favorite or the establishment republican candidate, congressman mike castle. >> no question that the tea party has brewed a lot of division in the republican party while they provided a lot of initial on the outset of this election. we've seen several republican candidates go down in defeat in the senate primaries because quite honestly what mary described as the so-called principles is dividing even the republicans. a moderate republican, mr. castle, who is now, you know, have to defend his record against a very extremist candidate in miss o'donnell. she is also, as we speak, wolf, there are robo calls now that are being -- being, you know, put out all over there.
>> you would rather face her, though, than face mike castle as a democrat. is that right? >> no question. we like some of the tea party candidates. it's very easy to go up and tell the elective, look, rush limbaugh, sarah palin hand-picked candidate. you want this person to go to washington, d.c.? no. >> look at the poll numbers in nevada right now. mary, harry reid, sharron angle, 46% for harry reid, 44% for sharron angle, well within the sampling error. a lot of folks thought if there had been a more establishment republican candidate, that candidate would have destroyed harry reid right now. >> you know, it's counterfactual. it's unknowable. and everything that donna just said about the candidate in delaware is what harry reid spent $10 million saying about sharron angle and paul rand. one thing we heard is causing
people fringe and flake is not bringing them down, demeanoring the opposition is not doing it. people would rather vote for a bona fide conservative, even if there's some attacks on this like this than known liberal prof all gait spenders. that's the nature of this spike cycle. >> here's the worries in connecticut, new england. a new poll has richard bloom bloomenthal, the democratic candidate, 51%. linda mcmahon, former wrestling czar, 45%. the error margin, 3.3%. a close one. >> we didn't put the country on the brink of economic depression. the polls are irrelevant at this time. they should guide the strategists on where to target the resources in the final weeks of the campaign. the truth is, this is going to come out to turnout. and if you see these tight races -- these races tighten up across the country, what
democrats should take from the script is they have to go out there and rally their base and reach out to as many independents as possible. the republicans are charged up. they want to come back and take the country back to where we've been in the last eight years. democrats have to go out there and say, these candidates are hand picked by rush limbaugh and sarah palin, you want hell no. >> turn out, turn out, turn out. that is decisive. thank you d, donna and mary. and jack cafferty will be right back, and also bill clinton responds to the truthfulness in a strange way. ♪ [ upbeat instrumental ]
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over to jack cafferty once again with the cafferty file. jack? >> here is the question, should congress consider to adjourn early when they haven't passed a budget. steve says they should pass a budget absolutely, but they won't, because the public would know how they voted. but after the election congress can do whatever they want to regardless of what they say in the campaign. and donna says that they should act more like our state senate here in georgia. they by law cannot adjourn until
they have a viable budget for the year no matter what the circumstances are. and this one, president clinton's genius was his ability to focus on the most important duty the government has during his administration with four simple words, it ooh tes economy, stupid. and he should amend it to be it's the deficit, stupid. this one says that the congress should adjourn forever and they should send back a functional representative for replacement in november. and somehow, it is not, but i am sure this is george bush's fault. and ken says that you should start by saying that the lawmakers should be ashamed of themselves, and assuming they feel they have a ability to be ashamed. i don't get to leave my job until my work is done. and the rest of us, we are even lucky to break into the top ten. pass a budget? don't be absurd.
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today, bill clinton endorsed jerry brown for governor and this just days after brown mocked bill clinton in the monica lewinsky scam, and then apologized for it. it harkens back to the 1992 cal pain feud between brown and clinton. this is 2010 and there is an election in a few weeks. clinton says that he and brown put their campaign fight behind them a long time ago. kate bolduan is monitoring some of the other top stories in "the situation room." what else is going on, kate? >> well, wolf, a mexican tv cameraman who had been abducted after reporting on problems in a prison wants to find a safe haven here in the united states. alejandro hernandez was one of four journalists kidnapped in july. he escaped or was released and he came to united states illegally on tourism visa, but he wants asylum, because he fears that he will be killed in mexico. an fda advisory panel has
ruled against making over-the-counter cough medicines like robitussin and tylenol into cough medicines. they contain a powerful ingredient known as dex a that teens are using to get high. when used in combination with others, this combination can be deadly, and as one parent knows all too well as she lost her son. >> it is scary, because the kids don't need a scary drug dealer to obtain it. >> the president of the partnership for drug-free america though does not see this as a major issue. >> when you have inhalent abuse four times higher and marijuana use many times higher and compared to other drugs of abuse, this is not the most serious threat facing a lot of families. >> the united states drug enforcement agency sas that emergency visits soared 70% from
2004 to 2008 because of cough medicine abuse. here is a strange story about a military homecoming you have not heard before. 21-year-old christopher tried to sneak into his bloomington, illinois, home, and surprise his family, but problem is that someone alerted the police about a suspicious man wearing, of course, camouflage, who was possibly committing a break-in. the soldier and the officer ended up having the last laugh. they called his mom to check out the break-in subject in the squad car, and there was a happy reunion and the police officer then snapped a photo to remember. that is quite a wake-up call, wolf. >> yes, certainly s and could have been a whole lot worse. >> a whole lot worse. >> thank you, kate. you are in "the situation room." happening now, an american hiker is release and reunited with her mother after more than an year in a iranian prison and more than half a million bail payment it is called. but there is concern about two
other americans left behind. oil plumes and slicks disappeared and now a layer of oil two inches deep is found on the floor of the gulf of mexico. is that what happened to millions of barrels of that gush from bp's blown-out well? we are getting new information. and the last major round of primaries before the november election here in united states including a bitter mayoral fight right here in washington, d.c. stay with cnn for all of the results. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer, and you are in i'm wolf blitzer, and you are in "the situation room." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com a sick american woman jailed by iran for more than a year under harsh conditions is now free. sarah shourd is one of three american hikers who were picked up along the iraqi border and locked up in iran's most notorious prison. she is now safe, but the ordeal continues for the others. mary snow is tracking this story
for us, and some dramatic developments today, mary. update our viewers on the latest. >> wolf, sarah shourd is in ayman and you are about to hear her first public comments when she arrived there, and for her mother, the days she has waited for, it has become a reality. >> reporter: the smiles say it all. sarah shourd reunited with her mother and first taste of freedom after being jailed in iran for 13 months a. bittersweet moment as her fiance shane baur and friend josh fattal remain. >> today, my efforts starting today will goo into procuring e same freedom for my fiance shane bauer and friend josh fattal, because i cannot have freedom without them. >> reporter: she gave a statement to state-run tv. >> i want to offer my thanks to everyone in the world, all of the governments and all of the people who have been involved
and i especially, particularly, want to address president mahmoud ahmadinejad and the iranian leaders, and religious leaders and thank them for this humanitarian gesture and humbled by the moment. >> reporter: the price for shourd's freedom is $500,000. while the u.s. government says it did not pay the money, they say that the money comes from aman, and the swiss who represent u.s. interests there. >> we have the swiss protecting the power working on the ground in tehran, and amani diplomats working on our behalf, and other countries have weighed in with iran and over the months and recent days. >> reporter: both the white house and state department continue to call for the release of bauer and fattal and the
ordeal began in 2009 when they were hiking in iraq. they are accused of spying on iraq. but the families maintain that if they did cross the border, it is by accident. and for the mother of josh and shane, they anxiously await what is coming next. >> i am so happy for sarah and nora, but you can tell, i want my time, too, and cindy wants her time, too, and we want josh and shane home more than anything, and we think that the compassion can be extended and please, we are asking the iranian authorities to continue that compassion and bring both boys home. >> as alex fattal has been playing basketball, it is clear that his brother is on his mind. >> i have been playing basketball for the last 14 months with my shadow, and i want to go one-on-one with him right here. >> reporter: and wolf, as for bauer and fattal, they will
remain in jail until their trial, but one report says their detention had been extended by two months. >> mary snow working the story. let's work deeper with our national security correspondent fran townshend who is a adviser for the ci, and the homeland security department. the release of this woman, and what does it say potentially about iran's attitude toward the united states? >> i am not sure, wolf, we can read much into. this ahmadinejad is preparing to come to the united states for the u.n. general assembly and tremendous pressure and obviously the swiss and amani governmen governments participation here. and so they have not acknowledged having certain issues with them taking american citizens into custody and denying them counsel, and
denying in some cases they have them. >> and if you are ahmadinejad, and release this woman and see what if anything we get in terms of diplomatic overtures or the price that the west might pay, and then make a decision about these two young men? >> maybe. i'm not sure that there is much hopeful signs in that regard. afterall, they didn't just release them to see what they would get. they also got apparently $500,000 from the armani government. you have an american robert levinston still in custody, so if ahmadinejad is coming here and wants to be taken seriously by the community, he has to acknowledge who he has in custody and give them kouns lar s -- consular services. >> and it is interesting that
the retired commandant of the united states marine corps was here and sitting where you are, and he said if the three americans were released by the iranians, it would be important gesture and the u.s. would have to take that into consideration, and he was sending a signal at that time. >> well, yes, he is right. we have to see it in that context and the iranians did respond to general jones' overture, but it is very difficult for them to take the release of one and leave the other two behind and be able to move forward. they have to act on all of those detained before i think that the united states will be in a position to open up dialogue. >> they should do the right thing and release the americans and move on from there. fran, thank you very much. an iranian diplomat has defected to norway. he defected tuesday and asked for asylum. his attorney says that he
defected because he supports iran's opposition green movement. jobs, tax cuts, and what to do about them? the hottest topics on capitol hill here in washington right now. the obama administration is pushing for extending the tax cuts for middle-class, but letting them slide for the wealthy. critics say, that not the way to stimulate the economy. and joining us from the white house, the chairman of the counsel of economic advisers and austan goolsbee, and congratulations on the new job. >> thank you, wolf. >> let's talk about the economy right now. our own poppy harlow interviewed the ceo of intel, and his name is paul attalini and he say has the president does not get it as far as turning the economy around, and listen to him? >> well, i don't think they do. at least they have not demonstrated it to date. and the evidence certainly does not show that. >> the stimulus package he says, you guys have simply not figured it out. why is he wrong?
>> well, look, i know paul, and he's a good guy, and there are a lot of other business leaders who have a different perspective. i know that warren buffett has been saying positive things about the economy and the range of businesses he is in. i think that we are come out of the biggest downturn in all of our lifetimes, you know, since 1929. it's a tough spot, and it takes a long hard work to get out of that, and i think that we are going to do it. i think even paul is going to come around eventually on this. we have to get the money in off of the sidelines. the president's plan to put the tax cuts permanent for the middle-class and to give incentives for research and
development for expensing so that people will do their investment in this country, i think it is just what we need, and i bet if you asked mr. otellini about the tax credit he would say it is a fresh start. >> so the various packages that you have put forward over the past couple of weeks, if you get that through congress and that is a huge if especially because of the midterm elections and if you get it through, how long would it take to translate that to reducing unemployment? >> well, it is hard to say something exactly like that. i think that you could have an immediate impact on the confidence of businesspeople like the ceos at intel or other places, if you had some resolution of the uncertainty, and you made the middle-class tax cuts permanent, you know, which most people can agree on, let's just get that done, and if you make the research and development tax credit permanent
for business to count on it, they may do significant insistment in it, and there is a lot of money sitting and waiting on those, but the view of the president's men is that there is a lot of common ground, so let's do what we can agree on and the middle-class tax cuts is a perfect example. most objective analysts look at it and say that is one of the most effective forms of stimulus as opposed to tax cuts for the millionaires and billionaires and everybody believes that is the least effective tax. >> there are a increasing number of democrats saying to join with the republicans that the tax rates should continue for the next couple of years. listen to the republican leader in the senate, mitch mcconnell. >> well, the good news s there a growing chorus of democrats and at least five right here in the senate coming around on this issue. they oppose the tax hikes the administration is proposing. >> are you willing to consider it at this point to let the
current rates continue for everyone for the next two years? >> no. look, the president is not for that, and no objective economist that has looked at the effectiveness of continuing to pass tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires has identified that as an effective way to stimulate the economy. it is not true. the president's package is more pro-growth, more pro-business and more pro-job than that. it would make the tax cuts permanent for 98% of america, and the middle-class plus it would give immediate expensing so that it would give incentives to business to do investment in this country and pass a small business package and the beginnings of which you saw today which would give credit for eight more tax credits for small businesses in this country, and that is far better than extending by borrowing $700
billion to give tax cuts that don't work. it doesn't make any sense. >> all right. we are out of time, but quickly, in other words, that two-year compromise, extending the current tax rates for everyone as far as you are concerned that is a non-starter? >> extending tax cuts of $00,000 per millionaire is not effective at growing the economy. it didn't work in the last eight years and it would not work now. >> austan goolsbee is the chairman of the president's counsel of economic advisers. thank you, and good luck. >> thank you. jack cafferty will have the cafferty file in a moment. and did plumes and slicks turn into oil on the floor of the gulf of mexico. what might have happened to millions of spilled barrels. and plus, america's closest ally when the launch of invasion of iraq was made. does tony blair have any regrets? my interview. and polls and most of the places holding primaries today
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for our government ignoring the immigration laws, and overrunning states like arizona, the feds will focus on illegal immigrants who have committed serious crimes and that makes sense, but by doing so, the threat of deportation for millions others who are in the u.s. illegally is greatly reduced. "usa today" outlined the recent changes, which is a proposal of prohibiting police officers from using misdemeanor traffic stops to deport people. and it is looking for a way of college students and spouses of military personnel to league allize their status or avoid deportation if congress does not pass immigration reform. critics show that the government is thumbing its knnose at the l and some say that the obama administration is trying to create a backdoor amnesty program. and immigration advocates are not happy either. they say that immigrants who
live in the u.s. are living in limbo without a legal status. with the record backlog of deportation case and lacking an unlimited budget, the government says it makes sense to target those who pose to biggest threat to the public safety. meanwhile, it is not surprise that more than 20 states are now considering immigration laws like the one passed in arizona. the public has had a belly full of the government's impotence on this issue and now they are trying to protect themselves. here is the question then, is the obama administration implementing a backdoor amnesty plan? go to cnn.com/caffertyfile and post a comment on my blog. wolf? >> jack cafferty, thank you. efforts to permanently seal bp's blown out well may be in the final stages right now, now that drilling has resumed on a relief well. but what happened to the more than 4 million barrels of oil which gushed into the gulf of mexico? a research team now believes that much of the oil may lie on the bottom of the gulf.
brian todd has been looking into this for us. brian, what are you finding out? >> wolf, the scientists are showing us samples of the oil from the sea floor in the gulf. they say it is evidence that much of the oil was not dispersed and may pose a long-term threat. >> reporter: a deepwater csi in the gulf. an ominous finding. they found oil in the sediment near the deepwater horizon spill. a team led by the university of georgia marine science professor canvassed an area as close as two miles to the wellhead and as far away as 80 miles. in several samples from the sea floor, they found concentrations of oil seeping two inches into the sediment. >> we are going to go to the source of the finding and speak to dr. samantha who is on the sea vessel oeceanioceanic, and
joy about her findings. she says that some of this may not be from the deepwater horizon spill? how do you come to believe that the oil you found is from the gulf oil spill? >> we have collections collected in early may, and from the same sites we are sampling right now. in may, this oil was not present. it was not here. this layer has developed over the past four months. >> joy concedes they don't know whether this is from the deepwater horizon spill until they fingerprint it. she discovered dead organisms underneath the sediment and worries about the marine life feeding off of the organisms. what kind of organisms feed off of this? >> any fish any invertebrate, squid, octopus or anything that
is going to the bottom looking for food is going to be exposed to the material. >> reporter: then joy says that could deprive other fish up the chain from a healthy food source. now, last month the government released a study saying that about 75% of the oil from the spill was either captured, evaporated naturally or dispersed into the water column in microscopic droplets, so do dr. joy's findings contradict that? not necessarily. an official from noaa says this is maybe from the 25% that got away. he issued a statement saying that the federal government is working with academic scientists to monitor aggressively where the oil is subsurface from the near shore to the seafloor. wolf? >> but they found more oil in the shallower water? >> yes, and dr. joy says that is ominous as well. because if oil resurges from the sediment that would be suspended
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>> kate bolduan is monitoring the other top stories in "the situation room." what else is going on, kate? >> well, wolf, the chilean officials are waiting for a replacement drill bit to reach the miners who have been trapped for 44 days now. but there are conflicting accounts of how long it will take for the bit. they say that all of the destroyed xwit has been removed, but a crew member says they are uncertain if they got it. all of the pieces must be removed before drilling can resume. and hurricane igor is a powerful category 4 storm and packs winds of 145 miles an hour. the national hurricane center says that the computer models
have it tracking squarely to bermuda. if the tract continues, it will sweep over to bermuda this weekend. the last to hit bermuda was hurricane fabian in 2003. and now core issues are on the table in middle east peace talks under way in egypt. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu and israeli president abbas attended meetings with secretary of state hillary clinton and they said there are goals of two-state nation, and working toward lowering violence, and many other issues. a big task ahead, wolf. >> thank you, kate. don't go away. he was the biggest american ally and does former british prime minister tony blair have any regrets on iraq? ly ask. tee
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thank you for joining us. >> thank you for having me in, wolf. >> in writing the book, whose intelligence services do you believe are more responsible for the blunder leading to the war in iraq, the u.s. intelligence community or the british intelligence community? >> well, i think that everyone had the same thought that saddam had used chemical weapons against his own people, and he was in bleach of resolutions going back a long time and he had used chemical weapons in the iran/iraq war and over 1 million casualties there, so many military intelligent services thought the same. so indeed when we came to mass the resolution in 2002 prior to the iraq war, there was a common and agreed position of everyone. >> well, not everyone, because the head of the united nations weapons inspectors dr. hans bliks, and the head of the atomic energy agencies were not convinced that there were
weapons of mass destruction in iraq. >> well, hans blik went into iraq before the invasion, and we had given saddam a final chance to comply with the u.n. resolutions, and what hans bliks and his inspectors went in there, they didn't get co- cooperation or the chance to access interviews with the key personnel of saddam. what we know now from the iraq survey group, which is an important document, because these were people that we sent into iraq after the fall of saddam and they interviewed not just the key personnel in and around saddam who worked on the wmd program, but saddam, himself. what they found was that though he put his program, if you like, into abeyance into the physical evidence, he retained the know-how and the people and the laboratories and the intentions. so, look, we can arpg you this again, and again and again, and i personally believe that saddam was a threat that we had to take on at some point. >> because even within the u.s.
intelligence community, there were dissenters in the state department and the bureau of intelligence and research which raised red flags about the allegations of weapons of mass destruction and stockpiles in iraq. so let me get back to the first question. weren't there dissenters in british intelligence who said to you, mr. prime minister, hold on, it is not so clear cut what you are saying? was there anyone who raised a doubt in your mind before you authorized british troops going to war? >> no. there was not a doubt about saddam and wmd. now, there were lots of debates about how much, but the intelligence that we received certainly in the uk was clear and the reason for that was also clear incidentally that he had used weapons before, and we had literally as i think 14 or maybe 16 outstanding u.n. resolutions on the subject. and the explanation now as to why that intelligence was faulty is clear in that iraq survey report. i think that what we have to be
careful of and obviously i have to take responsibility and do that the intelligence he had existing wmd at that time was wrong. i take responsibility for that, but think that we have to go to the other extreme and say, actually the truth is that this man is not a threat at all, because that is not correct either. what i say to people is that after september 11th, and after the outrage that killed 3,000 people in new york, but if they could have, they would have killed 30,000 or 300,000, and we decided rightly or wrongly to take a different attitude on this whole subject of the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and the place to start was iraq, because that is the country in breach of those resolutions, and some countries line libya decided to come in from the cold and change their position, but iraq didn't. >> and some think that iraq had nothing to do with 9/11.
>> that is what i hear, but it is not true. the issue is not whether saddam was responsible for 9/11, but the issue is after 9/11 because it was clear that this terrorism was prepared to kill people on an uncontemplated mber of people, and as i say they killed 3,000 people in new york on one day, but if they could have killed 300,000 or 3 million, they would have. so that made us take a different attitude, because the calculus of risk change and rather than tolding saddam, change heart or change regime. >> so when you authorized british troops if go into iraq, you knew at that point that saddam had anything to do with 9/11. >> that was never my allegation. >> you never believe he did in. >> no, i was quite open to that, and i said that the reason is not because he has actually been responsible for the terrorism of
9/11. that is not my case. my case never was that. my case is that following 9/11, the calculus of risk changed that we had to take a position in relation to the issue of wmd that was different and by the way, i still take that view. and when we look at iran today, where many of the same types of decisions arise, i wouldn't take the risk of iran with a nuclear weapon just as i would not have taken the risk of leaving saddam there with the intent, and the know-how and the people and actually over the last ten years, the money. so, of course, because of the oil price. so, you know, look, it is a debate that will go on and probably not be resolved until many years later, but it is important people know two things. first, that the decisions that were taken were taken in good faith. you may disagree with them, but they were made in good faith, and second, the reason i took such a strong position on the whole issue of wmd and still do
is because i don't think that you can ever afford to let these types of terrorist groups get hold of these bep poup weapons. >> was it a blunder to take valuable military and intelligence assets looking for bin laden and move them to iraq? >> well, from the british standpoint, we stepped up the commitment to afghanistan in the middle of iraq. >> was it a mistake for the u.s. to deviate from the hunt of bin laden and hunt for saddam at a time when he is enemy and still is enemy number one? >> well, he is an enemy, but unfortunately, he is not the only enemy, and that is the difficulty. what happened in iraq, and again, it is very important to realize this, you know, we got rid of saddam in two months, and like that, was not the tough thing. the tough thing was not getting rid of saddam. the tough thing was the
aftermath, and by the way, during the aftermath, american and british troops and the troops of other nations were there with full u.n. authority and with the u.n.-led democratic process and the reason it was tough, is because terrorist groups, al qaeda, and you know, led by people from out side of iraq, and iranian-backed militia conspired to make it difficult. when that happened, it was the job in my view to be in there and confront them and defeat them. >> in the war on iraq, despite the dell jens blund the intelligence blunder, you think that the united states and britain did the right thing? >> yes. i say to people that yes, the consequences of removing saddam were tough and difficult, but the konconsequences of leaving there were tough and difficult. >> the prime minister tells many thae he will donate the proceeds from the memoirs to a group who
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president obama delivered the back to school message to students telling them that absolutely nothing is beyond their reach if they work hard, and if authorities do their part. on a crucial primary day that message may have special significance in the nation's capital. joining us is john king, host of the "john king usa" which comes up at the top of the hour, and there are national ramification, and what happens today in d.c.? >> without a doubt, wolf. one of the big issues in the mayoral race is education. the group has spent millions against fen ti sty saying that e school scores don't improve, then he is accountable. we ran into a few people, wolf, including people who just voted they don't like the mayor,
because he is arrogant and they voted for him, because they are worried about if the school chan chancell chancellory would lever. >> well, that is as much praise as you can give to the elected official, because it means the right decision on the right issues. d.c. is headed in the right direction and we belief that d.c. will support even the most critical poll and we have made the right progress since the latest polls have come out which is the most critical with 65% of the city believes that we are headed in the right direction. >> well, i don't believe that everybody feels that everything has gotten better, because if you look at the unemployment it is double-digits across the city, but in some areas of the city, we have 19% unemployment, and or 30% of the unemployment,
and the council put money in for job training, and the mayor spent none of it, so people are excluded from getting training and jobs and frankly decision-making in the city. >> the last point from the city council chairman says that mayo northern part of the city, and leaving the rest behind. many foeel that the schools are better and the services are better, and maybe will a school chancellor somewhere else who is taking on the issues give them pause. >> and i know that president obama is very popular in the district of columbia did not go out to endorse him even though he likes michelle reece's
policies. >> you are right. the mayor is disappointed. >> we will see what happens over the next couple of hours. and looking into last month's massive recall for eggs because of salmonella, and was the food supply at risk longer than we thought? going online is a lot faster, but the city on the cutting edge of internet speed may surprise you. stay with us here in "the situation room."
kate bolduan is monitoring other top stories in "the situation room" right now. kate, what is going on? >> well, wolf, remember that massive egg recall? well, lab tests said they found hundreds of cases of salmonella at the iowa farm for a two-year period before last month's massive egg recall. the farm that is at the scepter of recall of 150 million eggs after they were linked to a salmonella outbreak. congressional leaders are demanding answers from the farm's owners and hearings are scheduled for september 21st. the french senate has passed a law banning veils that conceal the face including the burqa
that is worn by some muslim women. that makes the first country to ban such a item countrywide. the measure takes effects next spring. and if you are looking for the fastest internet connection in the u.s., you won't find it in silicon valley. try the tennessee valley instead. chattanooga in southern tennessee says it began offering upload and download speeds of one gig per second yesterday. it says that it is the fast nest the u.s. and twice the average internet speed in the nation. wolf, i don't know how fast one gig per second is, but i like fast internet. >> it goes really fast. really fast. >> yes. >> thanks. our question this hour is, is the obama administration implementing a backdoor amnesty plan. jack cafferty will read what you
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let's get right back to jack for the cafferty file. jack? >> question this hour, is the obama administration implementing a backdoor amnesty plan. carol writes from northampton, massachusetts. this is another example of how the administration is doing the limbo, and health care and "don't ask, don't tell" and financial reform and amnesty and all squishy gray and not black or white. get a backbone and do one thing or another, and then fight for it. geez. and jay says no backdoor amnesty, because amnesty means full pardon, and the obama administration is on track to exceed the quota of deportations. they have deported more people than the bush administration and the fact that they focus a lot of their effort on criminal alienation does not mean a free
pass for everyone else. steven says, of course, it is an amnesty plan and it ain't backdoor, my friend. ted says, you better be careful, jack, if you keep telling people about the backdoor things that the president is doing, he will try to silence you like fox news. the answer to the question is yes, heis trying to buy votes for 2012. anthony says simple solution, statehood. if so many mex sans want to migrate here for living wage and freedom from gangs and political corruption, they would be voted to be the 51st star in old glory, so get something out of this uneven trade and territory. and jackson says that the obama administration is mimicking the previous administrations when they come up with a plan to satisfy the corporate masters to keep the slave labor, they will be allowed to pass it. and bob from kansas city says, sure they are, anything for votes. our career politicians would let osama bin laden in if it meant
donations and votes. if you want to read more, you will find it on my blog, cnn.com/caffertyfile. mr. blitzer? >> than you, jack. see you back here tomorrow. >> you got it. >> and the polls are ready to close fairly soon on this last big wave of primaries before the midterm elections. john king takes a closer look at the final warm up act to the november showdown on "john king usa" coming up at the top of the hour. up next, right here in "the situation room," you can follow the yellow brick road. and you are likely to find some pretty odd political ads this election season. stick around, because you are in "the situation room." everything you need to stretch out on long trips. residence inn. ♪ everything you need to stay balanced
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lyons and bears and tigers and the most unusual political ads. jeanne moos shares her favorites. >> reporter: when it comes to the season's best campaign commercials the best remake of a classic award -- >> i will get you my pretty. >> reporter: goes to the republican who tries to get nancy pelosi portraying her as the wicked witch of all. >> hello, my pretty, i will save you. >> reporter: but she can't save herself from pelosi's opponent. >> stand back, everyone. >> oh, i melted. >> thank you for saving us. who are you? >> john dennis. i'm running for congress. >> reporter: and he has run into criticism. >> saying that you are a sexist pig. >> do you feel that way? >> no. >> this season's most oddball
ads have featured tattoos, sneakers, squarely old people. >> you have to answer to us. >> reporter: and fake babies. >> i am sorry, i can't do this. >> reporter: and even demon sheep. >> tom campbell, is he what he tells us or what he has become over the years, a wolf in sheep's clothing? >> reporter: the sheep in this case was slaughtered by carly fiorina, and the best horror movie remake goes to the doctor running for coroner in orleans parish who portrayed his contender as a frankenstein. >> i need a heart and liver for the sale. >> reporter: and is that too negative for you? >> i can't stand the negative ads and every time i see one, i feel like i need to take a shower. >> reporter: this governor is the cleanest governor for colorado. this is an ad that required the candidate to make at least six wardrobe changes. and when we say six wardrobe
changes, we are not counting the head. the best shot award goes to the congressional candidate. >> conservative christian and pretty fair shot. >> i'm pamela gorman and i approve this message. >> reporter: some ads are so macho. >> i bet you didn't know that. you know why? >> reporter: they invite parody. >> i bet you didn't know that, but it ain't because i made it up. >> reporter: at least this candidate for alabama agriculture commissioner didn't open fire. >> i'm dale peterson and i will name names and take no prisoner. >> i will kill a man and say, you need more lead in your diet. >> reporter: both of the gun-toting candidates lost, but ads don't lose, but candidates do. >> i will shoot you in the head. >> reporter: jeanne moos, new york. >> thank you. just a note, more of my interview with michael